#111 | Steve Kaufmann on the Evolution of LingQ

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Steve Kaufmann, renowned polyglot and founder of LingQ rejoins Benny Lewis and Shannon Kennedy to talk about the LingQ language learning app, how intensive your language learning really needs to be and more.

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  • The origin story behind LingQ
  • Steve’s philosophies and practices in motivation and habits
  • Steve’s 3 survival language resources
  • Steve’s ideal day of language learning
  • Advice to those experiencing the intermediate plateau
  • The importance of being active physically and comparisons between sports and language
  • Feedback Benny and Shannon have received from language learners

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Episode Overview

Some of the topics brought up during the interview are:

  • LingQ and the journey to creating one of the most popular language learning tools
  • How Steve’s son Mark went from hockey player to key player at LingQ
  • How people read more than they may realize
  • Expanding LingQ from a reading and listening app to a tool integrated with Youtube, Netflix and other platforms
  • New features in LingQ
  • How Steve’s own learning in LingQ has changed as new features are added
  • Parallels between running a business and language learning
  • How Steve’s beliefs around the intensity of language learning have changed
  • Why language learners need to be okay with uncertainty
  • How LingQ has impacted the lives of people all over the world

Podcast theme: “A New Beginning” by Shannon Kennedy